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Nature in the News contains interesting, entertaining and educational articles about wildlife, nature and ecology issues. This news page contains information on everything from Yosemite rock slides and mountain lion legislation, to global warming, climate change and tiny little hummingbirds.

If you aren't sure where you stand on the issues, don't feel alone. The world we live in becomes more complex every single day. Is the earth as fragile as some would have us believe or has it endured because it's quite resilient? You decide. These issues are not going away and will continue to plague us with complex problems that will require us all to make hard decisions.

You will find plenty of food for thought and information to contemplate. Be sure to check back often.

      
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The New York Sun

by Mark Sherman

February 28, 2008

The Supreme Court seemed inclined yesterday to let Exxon Mobil Corp. off the hook for some of the $2.5 billion the energy giant was ordered to pay as punishment for a massive oil spill in Alaska nearly 19 years ago.

The justices questioned lawyers for the company and nearly 33,000 victims of the Exxon Valdez disaster for 90 minutes, making only one passing reference to Exxon's record profits. The award represents less than three weeks' worth of Exxon profit, which was $11.7 billion in the last three months of 2007.

News With Views

by Cliff Kincaid

February 13, 2008

A nice-sounding bill called the "Global Poverty Act," sponsored by Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Barack Obama, is up for a Senate vote on Thursday and could result in the imposition of a global tax on the United States.

The bill, which has the support of many liberal religious groups, makes levels of U.S. foreign aid spending subservient to the dictates of the United Nations. The legislation would commit the U.S. to spending 0.7 percent of gross national product on foreign aid, which amounts to a phenomenal 13-year total of $845 billion over and above what the U.S. already spends.

Cougar News

January 31, 2008

South Dakota House Bill 1004 would come close to declaring open season on cougars in South Dakota, especially outside the Black Hills National Forest.

It would allow landowners to kill any cougar they perceive, or allegedly perceive, to be a threat to humans or livestock. They would not need a license, and they would be allowed to keep the carcass. They could claim they perceived a threat but really wanted a trophy.

Kids Are Waiting

by Gina Russo

January 29, 2008

An economic impact analysis released today estimates the costs of child abuse and neglect were nearly $104 billion last year...

A companion report highlights the unavailability of federal child welfare funding for programs and services known to be effective at reducing incidences of child abuse and neglect.

modbee.com

by Dhyana Levey

January 13, 2008

YOSEMITE -- It's almost like a conversation between John Muir and Edward Abbey. Just how pure and pristine do you want to make one of America's scenic jewels?

Yosemite National Park is in the early phases of planning its utilities improvement project for Vogelsang High Sierra Camp and Backpackers Camp. The camps' water supply and waste-water systems have deterio- rated, and more stringent state and federal regulations require that the facilities be revamped. No work has started, Yosemite spokeswoman Adrienne Freeman said. But the public scoping process will begin Tuesday and run through Feb. 13. Scoping refers to information exchanged about the scope of a project.

healthfreedomusa.org

by Barbara Loe Fisher

November 22, 2007

By now you probably know that the State's power to intimidate and violate the rights of parents and the bodies of their children was manifsted very clearly - and deeply chillingly - on November 19, 2007 in Prince George's County, Maryland, at the insistence of a State' Attorney, Glen Ivey, who understood vaccination well enough to protect his own children from the dangers of Hepitits B vaccine, a dangerous and unnecessary "treatment" for a sexually transmitted disease administered, often with disastrous results, to new born infants as well as toddlers and pre-pubertal children.

csmonitor.com

by Gail Russell Chaddock

November 19, 2007

For the parents that converged on a courthouse in Prince George's County, Md., on Saturday morning, the choice seemed clear: Vaccinate your kids or go to jail.

In fact, there are exemptions for medical or religious reasons in the state of Maryland. But few parents standing in lines that stretched down the sidewalk outside the county courthouse said they were aware of them. Flanked by protesters and television crews, parents said they just wanted to sort out immunizations, so their kids could go back to school - and they could avoid penalties of up to 10 days in jail and $50 a day in fines.

naturalnews.com

by Mike Adams

November 19, 2007

Following the State of Maryland's threats against parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated, children were herded into a Price George County courthouse being guarded by armed personnel with attack dogs.

Inside, the children were forcibly vaccinated, many against their will, under orders from the State Attorney General, various State Judges and the local School Board Director, all of whom illegally conspired to threaten parents with imprisonment if they did not submit their children to vaccinations. The State of Maryland has now turned to Gestapo tactics to force its medical will upon the People, stripping parents of any right to decide how they wish to protect their own children from infectious disease.

USA Today

by Oren Dorell

October 23, 2007

States that rely on tens of millions of dollars in hunting license fees annually to pay for environmental conservation are trying to boost a population they had never thought of protecting the endangered American hunter.

The number of hunters has slid from a peak of 19.1 million in 1975 to 12.5 million last year. With that drop has come worries that states won't be able to pay for the rising costs of conservation efforts. States generated $724 million last year through hunting licenses and fees for wildlife management and conservation.

scienceandpublicpolicy.org

by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

October 18, 2007

A spokesman for Al Gore has issued a questionable response to the news that in October 2007 the High Court in London had identified nine "errors" in his movie An Inconvenient Truth.

The judge had stated that, if the UK Government had not agreed to send to every secondary school in England a corrected guidance note making clear the mainstream scientific position on these nine "errors", he would have made a finding that the Government's distribution of the film and the first draft of the guidance note earlier in 2007 to all English secondary schools had been an unlawful contravention of an Act of Parliament prohibiting the political indoctrination of children.

      
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